1. Sometimes lost pieces from the past fit perfectly together. A few weeks ago while hiking up the creek Chitter found the largest piece of old plate you see in the photo. Oh that girl was excited! She’s made a goal to find out what the pattern is called and to see if it’s still available in some antique store or in the back of someone’s closet. Chitter emailed folks for information and searched the web up one side and down the other, but she hasn’t found out anything about the piece yet. A few days into Chitter’s search, Chatter said you know I think I have a piece of that plate too. Chatter’s piece quickly turned into 2 pieces-when she dropped it. Seems beyond the realm of chance that the pieces found years apart in the same general area fit perfectly together, but they do. I told Chitter that’s surely a sign that she’ll figure out the pattern.
2. Every once in a while Paul and me have to set the girls straight. At our Martins Creek Community Center gig last Saturday, the girls got mixed up on the song Working on a Building. First Chitter joined in on the second verse of the song when she was supposed to wait till the third. Then when the third verse rolled around Chatter didn’t hold her line in a place she should have. After the show Paul and I stood around mulling things over and we both agreed the girls were probably nervous or just forgot. No big deal, the song still sounded great and folks probably didn’t even notice. Skip ahead to our Sunday afternoon picking and grinning session. I suggested we should go over the song since we got it mixed up the night before, so we did. The girls made the same mistakes. The music came to an abrupt halt as Paul and I started explaining what went wrong. Well let me tell you, those girls let us know ASAP that they thought we were wrong and that we had never done the song like we were saying. Their response totally cracked us up. The more Paul and I laughed and shook our heads the madder Chatter and Chitter got. I’m positive their contrary moods didn’t have a thing to do with contra dancing and jamming late into the night for two days straight. If you want to see that Paul and I are right go here.
3. Did you know there are special necklaces for folks who use essential oils? I didn’t know, until Chitter enlightened me. See the beads on the necklace? They are made from lava rock and are pourus. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the rock beads and you’ll have your own personal diffuser to wear everywhere you go. The necklaces will be coming soon in Chitter’s Stamey Creek Creations Etsy Shop.
4. My latest song obsession is with The Pressley Girls version of the waltz Midnight on the Water. I find myself humming the tune as I go about my days and if no one is looking I might even waltz a few steps with an invisible partner. Its been well over a year since we filmed the song and uploaded it to Youtube. As I watched it for what must have been the 1,000 time the other day I tried to figure out what the video was trying to tell me, it’s like there was a thought there that refused to come to the front of the line and be heard. A few days later I figured it out: the sun is accompanying the girls on the song. The bright rays have gathered to hover above their heads in a golden glow and it if that wasn’t good enough the sun beams take turns bouncing off the neck of Chatter’s Taylor guitar and playing along Chitter’s bow strings. You can go here to see the video.
5. Is there really any other flower as lovely as the lowly violet that carpets my yard in spring of the year? When I see their bright nodding faces I’m reminded of a piece of folklore I read in a Scott O’Dell book: wildflowers grow in the footprints of children who have long gone on.